Category Archives: Music

Greg Russell, Inclined To Be Red. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are colonies of bees that swarm all over the land in search of such richness, the flower that supplies the seeds for the recipe of the finest honey and the way it adds a slight golden hue to the endeavour of the day’s work; nobody has told them they that to be seen as super productive if front of their demanding queen, all they have to do is listen to the sound of Greg Russell’s debut solo album, Inclined To Be Red, and the elixir of life will be theirs for the taking.

Robin Trower, Time And Emotion. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are times in life when Time and Emotion are necessary answers to the question, What Was I Really Worth To You?, in the case of the audience and musician relationship there should be only one reply but it is one that can be disguised by arrogance and the dismissive thought of when one or the other once cool partners becomes disheartened by the appeal or the pre-requisite of love.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Lay It On Down. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

They say that life is a journey, that every moment is filled with ability to take a pencil out of your coat pocket, find a clear page in a notebook and consider the achievement of crossing over the bridge, of metaphorically scaling the height of something as tall and monumental and as historic as the Louisiana State Capitol Building or navigating the mighty Sabine River; life is a journey, life demands that anything you believe notable should be written about and above all you should Lay It On Down for others to conjure and wish to experience.

Museum Of Backward Hats, Melancholy. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Excitements, the feeling of raw power, of having a band play in your ears that know exactly when to lick the guitar string on the ear drum and perform with entanglement and a fist firmly clenched right up infront of your face; no malice, no sense of terror or unabridged alarm, this is just a group of musicians to whom the passion has become one of revolution and the smack of the great Punk ethic.

Andrea Stray, Into Blue. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Flirting with the American way can leave one tantalisingly close to feeling somewhat euphoric, it can leave the listener craving for more of the individual in a country that sometimes doesn’t recognise the need for the personal thought; a country of vast beauty and outstanding people, often ground down by the weight of expectation that hits home with every artist that sees others falling through the cracks and disappearing from view, from life.

Debbie Bond, Winds Of Change. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Of late it has seemed that if you are an artist of any creed, background or learning, it is possible that you will have had the seemingly inevitable rounds of criticism suggesting you should stay out of politics; that your sole function is to entertain and not have an opinion. It seems incongruous that an artist who perhaps might be able to be able to demonstrate a reasoned debate should be told to keep out of something, to be quiet and demure like some post Georgian debutant at her first outing.

Municipal Waste, Slime And Punishment. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Artistic freedom is essential in all walks of life, not only for the artist who has the vision of something different in mind when told they must plough a field, but the everyday person, the ones who also see the extraordinary in even the most mundane of tasks or the bitter resentment of working for a conglomerate that doesn’t care. Freedom is fundamental, freedom is a right that should not be seen as one that can be bargained for or relinquished in exchange for control by fiscal bribery; for in doing so you open yourself up to the realms of Slime and Punishment.

Ruby Muse, Just Like You. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The Muse is ever playful, yet when it looks in your eyes and suggests without a hint of irony that it wants to be Just Like You, the only thing you can do is thank the compliment intended and ask it why it would stoop so low in its valuation of itself.

The sensitivity of the Muse though is always humble and whilst it might have the appearance of a star it is always a gem, a precious stone of a glittering Ruby and in its heart it resonates a sound of pure quality.

The Drystones, We Happy Few. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

This day shall gentle his condition…” but only if at first they take in the songs from The Drystones’ new album We Happy Few.

The sense of history and moment of inspiration is not lost upon the Somerset based duo, living in a time of such political and social upheaval, to find time to even think or contemplate a moment in which happiness is concrete, a freely acquired gift with no strings attached, save the prospect of the battle ahead, the war that only mad men and the righteous can ever hope of winning.

The One Hundred, Chaos + Bliss. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Let the heat kick in, for The One Hundred have encountered Chaos + Bliss in the air and in the mind set of those politicians, those seeking power who are willing to cause it in the name of advancement and arguably profit.

Chaos though, in the hands of the oppressed and the put down is the anger in which the ordinary person can fight back and bliss is the welcome relief in which the heart can feel the irregular beat of tyranny, dissolve and the torment pass. Two sides of the same coin but one steeped in the rhythm of subjugation, the other the easing of domination by rhyme and reason; let the heat kick in because The One Hundred have got it sussed.